There are many tourist attractions in Dubai which have resulted from a large scale development and construction boom. It is estimated that Dubai has attracted 15 million tourists from all around the world in year 2015. In previous years, Euromonitor ranked world’s 150 most visited cities by international tourists; Dubai ranked 7th.
Most prominent aspects which make Dubai attractive include: exhibitions and trade shows, parks and zoos, museums and recreational places, libraries, stadiums and sports venues, beaches, entertainment places, mosques, Hindu temple, churches, shopping malls, souks, hotels, artificial islands, bridges and tunnels, aquariums, skyscrapers, natural and urban attractions, lakes and creeks, fountains and so on.
Following list highlights 10 most visited places in Dubai. This list is not prepared in any priority order but shows the places which have been recommended over travel and review sites by most visitors of Dubai – UAE.
1. Fishing in Dubai
Fishing is one of the most liked out-door activities in Dubai by most tourists. Tourists enjoy this sport throughout the week and especially over weekends. Fishing trip organizers make complete arrangement of the fishing trips which is full of excitement, fun, adventure and learning about Dubai and its waters.
In each trip there are bright chances of catching huge amounts and kinds of fish which include: Fluke, Bluefish, Flounder, Striped Bass, Blackfish, Porgy, Barracuda, Sherry, Sultan Ibrahim, Hammour, small Shark, Kingfish, Cobia, Qabit, Nagroor, Tilapia and Hammour. Common fishing spots in Dubai have been highlighted towards the end of this article.
Equipment, accessories and value added services can be availed on hourly or long term bases. Companies such as Dubai Fishing arrange all those for you and make your fishing in Dubai experience memorable. Standard fishing equipment and accessories include fishing rods, hooks, reels, bait, and so on. Value added service vary depending on the size of the group and duration of the fishing trip.
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2. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round.
You don’t have to worry about ski clothing or equipment either. Ski Dubai has thought of it all and offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment. Your skis will carry you down the slope and our quad-chairlift and tow lift will promptly carry you back to the top for another run.
3. Desert Safari
Dubai is surrounded by beautiful golden desert waiting to be explored. One of the popular activities for Dubai visitors is to take a Dubai Desert Safari in a four-wheeler. Desert safari organizers arrange tours for afternoon and evening times. You can choose to return by 11 pm, or consider camping out overnight in the open desert.
Exploring the desert in a four-wheeler is fun, as you take a roller coaster ride over the sand dunes, going down into deep hollows, and rising high on the peaks. Majority of the safaris will take you to Bedouin campsite, and you can experience all kinds of fun activities like camel riding or sand boarding. In fact, some tours also include belly dancing shows or a barbecue, or a chance to get some traditional henna tattoos done, or to dress up in traditional Arab costumes or smoke an authentic hubbly-bubbly pipe.
4. Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain
Located in the heart of the city [Down Town Dubai) Dubai Mall is the world’s second largest shopping mall based on total area behind the West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It includes 1,200 shops which include top brands of the world. Over 13 million square foot (equivalent in size to more than 50 football fields), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha). It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system. The mall has won five awards.
The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower and is an amazing feat of engineering- the story of which you can see if you take a trip to “At The Top”- the highest viewing platform in the world. Located on level 124 of the world’s tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East. The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel that is the Burj Khalifa.
At the base of the world’s tallest tower is one of the world’s most amazing fountains! In fact it is the world’s largest dancing fountain! Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft, equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs.
5. Deira Souq (Market)
Deira is located on the northern bank of Dubai Creek. On the shore, ancient dhows load and unload with modern banks, hotels and office buildings for a backdrop. For travelers Deira is most famous for its traditional souks which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day. Deira Gold Souq is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world and the reason that Dubai has received the name “City of Gold”. Jewellery of all kinds is available in a variety of designs from traditional to modern and plenty of options to customize your own design.
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